Non-participatory user-centered design of accessible teacher-teleoperated robot and tablets for minimally verbal autistic children

Jamy Jue Li, Daniel Patrick Davison, Alyssa M. Alcorn, Alria Williams, Snezana Babovic Dimitrijevic, Suncica Petrovic, Pauline Chevalier, Bob Rinse Schadenberg, Eloise Ainger, Liz Pellicano, Vanessa Evers

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Abstract

Autistic children with limited language ability are an important but overlooked community. We develop a teacher-teleoperated robot and tablet system, as well as learning activities, to help teach facial emotions to minimally verbal autistic children. We then conduct user studies with 31 UK and Serbia minimally verbal autistic children to evaluate the system's accessibility. Results showed minimally verbal autistic children could use the tablet interface to control or respond to a humanoid robot and could understand the face learning activities. We found that a flexible and powerful wizard-of-oz tablet interface respected the needs of the children and their teachers. Our work suggests that a non-participatory, user-centered design process can create a robot and tablet system that is accessible to many autistic children.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPETRA '20: Proceedings of the 13th ACM International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages1-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020
Event13th ACM International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments, PETRA 2020 - Corfu Holiday Palace, Virtual, Online, Greece
Duration: 30 Jun 20203 Jul 2020
Conference number: 13

Conference

Conference13th ACM International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments, PETRA 2020
Abbreviated titlePETRA 2020
CountryGreece
CityVirtual, Online
Period30/06/203/07/20

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